Johannesburg - The JSE weakened on Thursday, in line with global markets
As the financial industry recalled the 30th anniversary of "Black Monday", Dow futures were down 134 points as stocks pulled back from record highs. The Dow lost 0.6%, the S&P 500 was down 0.6% while the Nasdaq was 0.8% in the red.
Thursday's fall in US equities follows a record-setting session in which the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 23 000 for the first time.
The rand, meanwhile, gained against the greenback on Thursday, trading at R13.53 to the dollar at close of trading on the JSE.
The local bourse fell by 0.44% to close at 57 896 points for the All Share index, while the blue-chip Top40 index slipped 0.67% with most sectors, barring gold, in the red.
Industrials decreased by 0.58%, Resources were down 0.36%, and Financials closing the day 0.26% weaker.
Gold stocks, however, were able to remain positive and gained 1.39%.
AngloGold [JSE:ANG] climbed 3.17% to R128.45, after news emerged that the company was looking to offload several mines in South Africa to cut losses.
The world’s third-largest gold miner will sell Moab Khotsong, which incorporates the Great Noligwa mine, to Harmony Gold for about $300m, and Kopanang to Chinese investment firm ‘Heaven-Sent SA Sunshine Investment’ for R100m, the Johannesburg-based company said in a statement on Thursday.
Harmony [JSE:HAR] reacted negatively to the news, falling by 3.1% to close at R22.68 per share.
Woolworths [JSE:WHL] also fell in the day, losing 3.2% to close at R57.96 per share on news that SA's biggest investor, the Public Investment Corporation, had lowered its stake in Woolworths to 14.994%
Gold prices gained 0.57% to reach $1 288 per ounce, while the price of Brent Crude fell 1.24% to $57.43 per barrel.
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Trump is expected to decide before his tour of Asia, which begins November 3.
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